April 2018 update of Windows 10 butchered my system

There was some talk that when this [v1803] feature update first came out, there was drivers issues. Seems it wasn’t fixed.

I upgraded last Saturday night. Seems fine. Upgrade was maybe 35 minutes. No complaints about incompatible updates.

Was fine for the past few days. Didn’t really notice much.

Then I noticed the lock screen was some horrible background – not the one I previously used. Couldn’t change it back. Searched for fixes and none worked.

Tonight I wanted to capture the audio off my cell phone to my computer but my audio features on my computer wouldn’t work. Audio capture application would crash after hitting 20% of the CPU. OK. Tried the web cam and it wouldn’t function. And yet, the Device Manager showed no issues. Even my point and shoot camera wasn’t picked up.

So I did a recovery back to v1709. Suddenly everything is reverse. My lock screen is back, the audio works and my web cam works.

I have the Pro edition of Windows 10, so I can stop v1803 from installing again and delay v1809 [when out this fall] if I need to.

So be warned.

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Issues already with this week’s Windows updates

That didn’t take long… Again. [A broken record it seems.]

Microsoft has blocked this week’s Windows OS updates for all supported operating systems – at least for those on a domain – for two issues [one for clients].

“Some devices running network monitoring workloads may receive the 0xD1 Stop error because of a race condition.” This applies to all versions.

“After installing this update on a DHCP Failover Server, Enterprise clients may receive an invalid configuration when requesting a new IP address. This may result in loss of connectivity as systems fail to renew their leases. ” This applies to servers with DHCP Failover Server enabled only.

Microsoft is expected to release an update in “mid-July” to fix the issues.

You can still manually download and install the update.

 

What to expect in Windows 10 Redstone 5

As you know, Microsoft is continuously working on the next version of Windows 10 – code named “Redstone 5”. While there will be any show stopping major feature, there will be quite a few enhancements.

  • Skype as part of Windows 10 will get quite a few improvements which include new calling features, easier screen sharing, call snapshots, a new layout, and customizable themes.
  • For administrators Remote Server Administration Tools [RSAT] will be part of Windows [versions that are part of a domain of course]. So when Windows 10 gets updated, so does RSAT.
  • Since removing after Windows 10 RTM, Redstone 5 will allow you again to adjust the size of text in the user interface. Unsure why it was removed in the first place or why it took so long to come back.
  • A whack of Edge improvements [for those who actually use it!] including the ability to disable auto media playback in web pages [like other browsers can do], Fluent Design System elements, redesign of some settings menu, and Hub, top sites in the Edge jump list as well as the ability to customize the Edge toolbar.
  • The setup itself will have enhancements including your phone and setting up Windows Hello if available on the system.
  • To support LTE mobile broadband improvements, the network core stack has been updated.
  • More additions to the Fluent Design System.
    The main memory column in the Task Manager’s Processes tab will now not include memory used by suspended UWP processes.
  • SwiftKey functionality has been added to the virtual keyboard in eight languages.
    In security, antivirus products will need to run as a protected process to register. Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled if an anti-virus application isn’t registered.
  • Improvements to Game Bar and Game Mode.
  • You will be able to override regional settings for the calendar, dates, times, first day of the week and currency.

The next version is expected to be released in late September with consumers beginning to get the update notifications in mid-October – assuming there wasn’t any issues like in the last update. Code-named “Redstone 5”, it may also be known as “v1809”.

 

Issues plague Windows 10 update

If you are thinking of not waiting for the notification and decided you want to get the latest feature update to Windows 10 [i.e. build 17134 or v1803 or Redstone 4 or April 2018 Update], you may wish to hold off for a bit.

There are a serious number of issues that are affecting some users.

Among them are: mouse problems, microphone problems, problems with Microsoft Office, problems with Cortana, problems with Edge and problems with Google’s Chrome browser. There may be others.

Microsoft says these issues will be fixed with the first big update coming this Tuesday [on Patch Tuesday]. There has already been two small updates since the release this past week.

Personally, I may wait at least two months. Windows 10 Pro editions allows delays of feature updates.

[Update 2018/05/10:] While the update for Patch Tuesday has supposedly fixed some issues, there are reports that some are getting a black screen for a lengthy amount of time after installing the update and rebooting.

Adding to the issues of the update [going from v1709 to v1803] are issues with Intel SSD 600P series and 600P Pro series. They could be others but these two series are known to have issues.

Another bug ids that you can’t upgrade if the installation detects an empty drive. Yup. As well, you got ALT+TAB is slow while gaming. Disabling all the options from Focus Assist seems to fix the issue.

Additionally NVIDIA GPU settings are unavailable and finally some audio settings may be lost. I have encountered the reset [or loss] of audio settings after every upgrade.

What has been killed in Windows 10 v1803

[Also known as Redstone 4 or April 2018 Update.]

With every new feature update to Windows 10 comes depreciated and removed features. Some few used or care but there is always a surprise as well. Among those that are depreciated or removed are:

Deprecated

  • Windows Help Viewer: Not a surprise but interesting since for the last few versions prior to Windows 10, Microsoft made available an update to use it and in Windows 10, it was included. If you search a bit, there are various was around this.
  • Phone Companion: This has been replaced by the Phone page in Settings.

Removed

  • HomeGroup: This is probably the surprise since it was [when working correctly] the easiest way for computers on a small network could communicate without the mess of setting things up. Great for novices. To share files, folders and printers, you will have to go back to the old ways which is still around.
  • Groove Music Pass: Groove Music Pass has been discontinued. Instead Spotify has been promoted.
  • XPS Viewer: This was Microsoft’s failed attempt to compete with Adobe’s PDF beginning with Windows Vista. Over time, Microsoft had even released documents in PDF format. It isn’t installed by default If you really desperately need it, is still unfortunately  available from the Apps and Features in the Control Panel.

 

Windows 10 spring update to finally be released

What was supposed to be the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update a month ago is now called Windows 10 April 2018 Update and will be released on Monday.

Those with highly compatible systems will begin to get notified on May 7th about build 17134.

The feature update is still also called Redstone 4 and surprisingly v1803.

 

 

Windows 10 spring update still delayed

Microsoft discovered a serious flaw for the feature update [the one that is released every 6 months and takes usually over an hour and multiple reboots] to Windows 10. Because of the flaw, the update with the fix will not be released to the public until early May at the earliest [depending on current testing].

The current tested build is 17134.1. A potential new name is Windows 10 April 2018 Update.